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Published: August 26, 2020   
CNS / Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register

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CDC head sees need for schools to open but with strict protocols

WASHINGTON — Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thinks it is a good idea for schools to reopen for in-person classes, but with restrictions in place to protect teachers, staff and students against the coronavirus, including “wearing a mask, washing your hands, maintaining social distancing.”


Rising gun violence points up bishops’ call for gun laws

WASHINGTON — When Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, prayed for the dead on the first anniversary in early August of the mass shooting at a Walmart in his city, he made that solemn tribute in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept much of the U.S. public in social-distancing mode.



Melinda Ruth “Mendy” Lindsey Emmerling, 56, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock (Marche), died Aug. 3. She is survived by …


Is a Catholic required to have a funeral Mass? 

Q. Is a Catholic required to have a Catholic burial ceremony — in a church with a Mass? I am thinking of having just a graveside service instead — with a priest, of course, but just a private ceremony. I mean no disrespect to the Church, but I think this might be easier for the family. (Question Corner, Seeds of Faith)


Post-graduation lessons from this plague year

It seems as if there are two kinds of graduation narratives for what happens after young collegians toast each other with one last Natty Light or hard seltzer, flip their tassels and head out to take on the world. (Columns)


Answer to ‘Why did you publish that story?’

Be an observer of events, not a participant, ask probing questions and do not allow personal opinions or political allegiances to taint your reporting. (Guest commentary)

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